Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, May 27-Sunday, June 2, 2019

Visitors in town: Eddie Izzard, Randy Rainbow, Michael Kupperman, Adam Sandler, Daniel Tosh, Tom Segura.

At Zanies: Ralphie Roberts (Chicago), Jubal Fresh (Chicago and Rosemont), Pat McGann (Chicago), Tim Walkoe (Rosemont), James Johann (St. Charles).

At The Improv: Comedy School Graduation (Thurs.), Chris Porter.

At Riddles: Damon Williams hosts Coco and Uncle Rail.

Ticket alerts:

Patton Oswalt at Den Theatre: August 15-16

Aretha Sills’ free (with RSVP) introductory workshop “exploring the groundbreaking exercises and concepts of her grandmother Viola Spolin.” At Hull House. June 21.



Who Dis?! at iO, 8:30 p.m. “A showcase of Chicago’s talented health warriors who identify with disability, chronic illness, and with mental health issues.”



Comedy Cocktail at House of Blues Foundation Room, 6:00 p.m. Music at 6, comedy at 7. RSVP for free admission. Chris Trani hosts Manny Acosta, Paige Blurr, Abi Sanchez, Rebekah Gibson and closer Mickey Housley (author of Chronicles of a Stand Up Guy: A Peek into the Daily Grind of a Comedian.)


The Tuesday Ten at Zanies, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Up-and-coming stars and nationally touring headliners.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 9:00 p.m. Stephanie Weber hosts Alex Dragicevich, Joe Fernandez, The Shrimp Boys, Scott Egleston, Sarah Sherman, Nicky Martin and the ChUC debut of Lyn-Z Harney.



Stir Friday Night Presents: Maysian Night at iO, 8:00 p.m. A celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with improv, stand-up and an after-party. Cast: Stir Friday Night, Eunji Kim, Sonal Aggarwal, Silly Point, Club Asia.



Dynasty at iO, 8:00 p.m. Dynasty’s weekly comedy variety show. Dynasty is one of the city’s most diverse improv groups. Cast: Anthony LeBlanc, Ashley Victoria, Avery Lee, Brendan Tran, Elias Rios, Eunji Kim, Jared Chapman, Trumane Alston. Stand-up from Simon Tran, improv from Stank Noodle, drag from Zetus Lapetus and The Improv Jam.

Eddie Izzard at The Chicago Theatre, 8:00 p.m. The “Wunderbar” Tour.



Make It Look Easy Comedy Jam hosted by Lissa’s Libations, 7:00 p.m. Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice and Wisdom Speaks host Lyssa Laird, Big Keef and Shakes the Comedian.

Preach: The Block Party at Steppenwolf, 8:00 p.m. Dance, sing and cry with Chicago’s only spoken word improv movement. “PREACH! Is a fiery collective of poets and comedians that spit and lift each other up with the gospel of spoken word and sketch comedy, while seeking truth and raging against the machine.”

Comedy Showcase at Dress Up & Dance, Mundelein, 7:00 p.m. A Funnier By The Lake production.

Eddie Izzard at The Chicago Theatre, 8:00 p.m. The “Wunderbar” Tour.

Randy Rainbow at Thalia Hall, 7:00 p.m. Randy Rainbow is known for his hilarious musical political skewerings.



Matt Damon Improv at The Annoyance, 8:30 p.m. Weekly variety show starring all women of color. The unique format encourages true listening, hearing and connecting.

Best Comedy Brain on the Planet: An Hour with Michael Kupperman at CAKE at The Center on Halsted, 3:00 p.m. Michael Kupperman’s newest graphic novel is All The Answers. He is also an animator for Comedy Central and Saturday Night Live.

Randy Rainbow at Thalia Hall, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Randy Rainbow is known for his hilarious musical political skewerings.

Strip Joker at Steppenwolf, 8:00 p.m. The PRIDE edition. With Le Aboav, Spencer D Blair, Brittany Meyer, Asia Martin, Kaitlyn Grissom, Niki Gee, Chrissi Rose, and Zeetus Lapeetus.

Daniel Tosh at the Chicago Theatre, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Hollapalooza at Refuge, 7:00 p.m. Comedy and music with Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice (Comedy Central), Marilee (WGCI) and more.


Adam Sandler at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, 8:00 p.m. There’s talk of Adam Sandler winning an Emmy for his recent SNL hosting. In the meantime, this is his “100% Fresher” Tour. Rob Schneider joins him.



Tom Segura at Chicago Theatre, 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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